My Ilocos Experience (Day2)

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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Another day… Another place to experience!

Woke up at around 5am of 20th of February and packed my stuff, ate breakfast of eggs and sausage at the restaurant of the hotel and checked out of the room at La Ellana Hotel and by 7am we were on our way up north passing by the town of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte with the domeless bell tower where the dome and bell fell to the second floor of the tower

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Traveling further north passing thru Pasuquin and stopping at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse where a third generation lighthouse keeper named Mang Jun guided us up the lighthouse and explained how the lighthouse works and its solar powered too.

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Going down the stairs we sampled some KARIOKA from an old lady who sells them for only Php5.00, and I had eaten two sticks and wanted more but there was none.

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After Cape Bojeador, passing thru some great scenery on beaches, cliffs and mountains we arrived at one of the places I like to see… Bangui Windmills. The ‘Wind Farm” as it is aptly called consist of 15 wind turbines. The turbines are on-shore and arranged in a single row spaced 326 meters apart. The turbines hub height (ground level to center of nacelle – that part holding the blades) is 70 meters high (roughly equivalent to a 23 storey building), each blade is 41 meters long (just 9 meters shy of a Olympic sized pool) giving a rotor diameter of 82 meters and a wind swept area of 5,281 square meters.

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Next stop was Pagudpod where we stayed at Hannah’s Beach Resort and ate lunch of Sinigang na isda (sorry don’t know what fish was it but it was really tasty, Inihaw na Liempo, and Veggies.

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After lunch and some rest we were off to Patapat Viaduct, Patapat Viaduct is an elevated concrete highway constructed along winding/rocky headlands near the northernmost roadway section in Ilocos Norte (could be considered second northernmost roadway section in Luzon) This viaduct was constructed to solve the problem of landslides in the area which have caused so many vehicular accidents in the past. Footed on the rocky seashore just several meters from the mountain side it gives motorists a spectacular view of Pasaleng Bay.

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Retracing our way back to Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte we stopped at Davila (Salt Capital) where they make salt and took the opportunity to see how they make salt here (which the process is different from the process made in pangasinan and other places). Inside the huts they place seawater in a large flat container and adding rock salt they cook it and make salt.

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And to Poblacion2, Barangay Biscocho where rick says sells bisnueve which is as you know just plain biscocho where a lot of people were lining up and buying their baked goods, and tried to sample it and it really great tasting. After Pasuquin and Laoag we stopped at a place where rick explained to us that it was the place of Elizabeth Marcos-Keon the sister of President Marcos.

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Elizabeth Island (named after her) is an abandoned place accessed by a broken bridge which at one time held parties almost every night and they were not kidding when they said that they put tiles at the rocks on the beach… and this place really gives me the creeps so I went back to the van.

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Arriving at Vigan, we checked in at Grandpa’s Inn to wash-up and meet for dinner which was in café Leona set-up at a closed portion of a street. After dinner went around the plaza to watch a pageant then stolled at crisologo street and took some pictures. Back to the hotel for a couple of bottles, why a couple? Because they were closing up and it was only 11pm so I decided to call it a day and rest up for tomorrows experience!

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